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Prostate cancer screening: Should you get a PSA test?
Cancer screening tests, including the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test to look for signs of prostate cancer, can be a good idea. Prostate cancer screening can help identify cancer early, when treatment is most effective. And a normal PSA test, combined with a digital rectal exam, can reassure you that it's unlikely that you have prostate cancer. But getting a PSA test may not be necessary for some men, especially men 70 and older. Here's what you need to know.
Video: 'How Cancer Spreads'
Cancer spreads, or metastasizes, when cancer cells break away from the original tumor and travel through your bloodstream or lymphatic system to other parts of your body. The appearance of cancer cells and the way they spread vary depending on the type of cancer, and not all cancers metastasize. This video shows how a type of skin cancer called melanoma can metastasize.
Inflammatory bowel disease and colon cancer
You may be worried about the connection between inflammatory bowel disease, which includes Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, and colon cancer. It's important to understand that while inflammatory bowel disease increases your risk of colon cancer, it doesn't necessarily lead to colon cancer. Learn more about the cancer screening tests that might be right for you.